A Level Classics

Classical Civilisation A Level  (OCR H408)

The course is open to everyone.  You do not need to have studied any Classics before. The main requirement is an open mind!

Are you curious about the ancient cultures of Greece and Rome and their impact on the world we live in today?

Classical Civilisation will give you an appreciation and understanding of them and reveal the effect they still have on humanity.

Both Greece and Rome are studied.

There are three components for study and examination.

1 The world of the hero
This involves an in depth study of one of Homer’s Iliad or Odyssey and Virgil’s Aeneid

All literature is read in translation.

2 Culture and the arts
A study of Greek theatre.

3 Beliefs and Ideas
Greek Religion

Components 2 and 3 involve study of visual and material culture as well as literature in translation.

Latin A Level (OCR H433)

The challenge of A Level Latin develops naturally from the skills developed at GCSE.

There are three components:

1 Language
This is assessed by unseen translation and a comprehension paper.

2 Prose Literature

3 Verse Literature
For the literature, two texts for each component are studied during the course. The literature covers a range of authors from the magnificent epic of Virgil to the witty love poems of Ovid or forensic speeches of Cicero to the dark politics of Tacitus’ history.

As the course involves both linguistic skills and appreciation of literature, it is a useful contrast to more technical or scientific subjects.  It can also enrich the study of other humanities subjects such as English, History, Religious Studies and Modern Languages.

Latin is a highly regarded subject by universities and employers, especially for degree courses in Law, History, English and Modern Languages.

Classical Greek AS Level (OCR H040)

If you enjoyed GCSE Greek and are keen to build on the skills you have already acquired, you should find this a rewarding challenge.

The course is examined by two modules

1 Language
This component builds on the knowledge skills and vocabulary developed at GCSE and is assessed by a translation and comprehension paper.

2 Literature
This involves detailed study of one prose and one verse author during the course

This AS course is unusual for Birkdale in that it is taught over TWO years, with four periods in the Lower Sixth and four in the Upper Sixth.  Both modules are examined at the end of the Upper Sixth.

This course provides an ‘extra’ AS level subject and is studied alongside your three choices from the option blocks.

Employer surveys show that Classics graduates are successfully entering many different industries, particularly IT and the financial sector.

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